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We trust nursing homes to take care of our elderly, some of whom are unable to take care of themselves. In order to provide proper care, a nursing home facility must adhere to a certain standard of care. When that standard of care is not followed, serious injuries and even death can result. If your loved one has been injured or has died due to nursing home negligence, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami nursing home negligence attorneys have the determination and experience to handle your case.

After a hurricane in Florida, electricity is often interrupted, causing air conditioners to become unavailable. This is what happened to a nursing home in Hollywood after Hurricane Irma, turning the nursing home facility into a sweatbox and leading to the tragic death of 10 elderly patients.

In Florida, air conditioning and cooling systems are a necessity, rather than a luxury. Elderly patients who are not mobile may not be able to get up and ask staff to adjust the temperature themselves, which is why they rely on nursing home staff to make sure their spaces are cool and safe.

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rainHeavy winds, rain, and flooding that take place during a tropical storm or hurricane in Florida are nothing to take lightly. These weather conditions often lead to serious car accidents that result in long-term injuries and even death. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a weather-related accident in Florida, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami auto accident attorney who can evaluate the facts of your case. You can rest assured that we will advise you on a sensible course of action so that you can get the compensation you deserve for your harm.

Each year, there are 5,870,000 auto accidents across the United States. According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, approximately 23 percent of those accidents are caused by hazardous weather and poor visibility. This means that over a million crashes a year are weather-related. Weather-related crashes are defined as crashes that take place in adverse weather, such as rain, sleet, snow, fog, severe crosswinds, blowing sand, or slick pavement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that almost 6,000 people are killed each year and over 445,000 are injured in weather-related crashes on an annual basis.

Tropical storms and hurricanes can create dangerous conditions due to the following factors:  poor visibility, decreased traction on road surfaces, lane obstructions, and lane submersions. These factors significantly increase the potential of an accident. When adverse conditions exist, it is the responsibility of each motorist to use additional care behind the wheel. For example, drivers should keep their headlights on and maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel at all times. Drivers should also move slowly and give other drivers plenty of space. Of course, if a motorist is caught in the center of a tropical storm or hurricane, there may be some things that are out of a motorist’s control, no matter how much care and caution that motorist uses.

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carCar accidents happen all the time in Florida and throughout the United States. In most cases, the owner of the car is the person driving it. But what happens when you loan your car to someone, and they get into an accident? Under Florida law, a vehicle owner may still be liable even though they were not actually behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

Earlier this month, television reality star Blac Chyna’s white BMW hit another car carrying three passengers in Los Angeles. Witnesses say that the driver of the car left the scene immediately after the accident. Blac Chyna, however, wasn’t behind the wheel at the time of the accident. The star had loaned her vehicle to a friend, who was ultimately involved in the hit-and-run.

The plaintiff then named Blac Chyna in a personal injury lawsuit, claiming that as the owner of the vehicle, she should be liable for the damages under the theory of negligent entrustment.

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After a number of fatal crashes involving emergency vehicles on the shoulder of the highway, the state of Florida decided to take action. Florida has now created a new set of laws with the goal of protecting emergency and assistance personnel when automobiles are on the side of the road.

A number of other states have also launched similar measures to prevent such tragic roadside accidents. According to a nationwide Mason Dixon Poll sponsored by the National Safety Commission, approximately 71 percent of Americans had never heard of ‘move over’ laws. This statistic highlights the need to raise awareness about these laws so that they can be effective in preventing accidents on state roads.

The move over law in Florida requires that when police, ambulance, fire, or other emergency vehicles have their sirens or lights on, all surrounding automobiles on a two-lane or broader roadway slow down to 20 miles per hour and get out of the way as quickly and safely as possible. If the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less on a single-lane road, the driver is required to slow down to five miles per hour. Continue reading →

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carThe use of rental cars is very common in Florida due to the high volume of visitors who travel to the state for business and pleasure every year. The high rate of rental car use also means that rental car accidents are quite common. Unfortunately, Florida laws pertaining to collisions in rented and leased vehicles favor insurance companies and car rental companies as opposed to the car accident victims. If you’ve been injured in a rental car accident then South Florida personal injury attorney Robert Dixon can help.

In Adams v. Bell Partners, the plaintiffs were injured in an automobile accident involving a rental car. The rental car was paid for by the driver’s employer, Bell Partners. Bell Partners had rented the car for their employee to use for business purposes. At the time of the collision, the vehicle was being driven by the employee’s husband. Bell Partners had an express policy that prohibited the use of rental vehicles by anyone other than an employee. Despite this policy, it was known by the employee’s boss that the employee often let her husband drive the rented cars, and he was also listed on the rental policy as a permitted driver.

The plaintiffs sued Bell Partners alleging the employer was liable for the accident since the car was rented in the company’s name. Specifically, the plaintiffs cited the dangerous instrumentality doctrine claiming the employer was vicariously liable for authorizing and paying for the employee to rent and use the vehicle. Bell Partners’s insurance company denied liability citing that company policy forbade the employee’s husband from operating the rented car and they did not have to cover the plaintiff’s damages because the employee’s husband was not an authorized user. Continue reading →